Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in "Sancerre": Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: This item was purchased by me.
During the Sephora VIB sale just last week, I picked up one of Bite's new lip products called the Cashmere Lip Cream ($32 CAD). This line of lip colors comes in ten shades (all of which named after a wine) and features a weightless cream to powder formulation with a 50% pigment content. In another word, this lip color packs a punch! To read more and see my swatches of "Sancerre", click......

What it is:
-A cream to powder lip color with a 50% pigment formulation
-Infused with edible butters and oils
-The buttery portion of the formula will quickly absorb into the lips, keeping them moisturized
-The powdered pigments will remain on the surface of the lips to leave a matte finish

Packaging:
The lip cream comes in a standard lip gloss tube with a larger than average doe foot applicator that's very flat on both sides. I find this applicator quite clumsy, especially for applying a bold color like "Sancerre". I ended up using a lip brush anyways but I wish Bite had opted for a more traditional doe-foot applicator or even perhaps a lip brush.

Pigmentation & Application:
As expected, the pigmentation of this product is truly amazing. The color I chose is "Sancerre", a very bold, pinkish red. The product is very light weight and applies beautifully, just like a cream. After the color sets, the finish is satin-y and the product was somewhat moisturizing.

Longevity:
Because the color is so intense it does stain the lips quite a bit so I really like that. The product is long wearing but I had some big issues with smudging. I accidentally (but gentally) brushed my hand across my lips and the product smeared right across my face! Thus, the product is definitely not transfer-proof but the problem can be alleviated a bit if I blot my lips. But that unfortunately takes away some of the moisture.
Sancerre swatched on arm.
Sancerre swatched on lips.
Pros:
-Highly pigmented
-Lightweight and soft on the lips
-Mildly moisturizing

Cons:
-Clumsy applicator
-Transfers very easily unless you blot the product before going out
-High maintenance color that should be applied with a lip brush

Overall:
There is no doubt that this is a stunning product. I really love it because how beautiful it looks but I don't see myself wearing it very often not because how bold the color is but because how high-maintenance the formulation is. Unless I blot it throughly before heading out the door (which takes away a lot of the moisture), I would probably have to check the mirror every hour to see if the color has smudged or got on my teeth. So overall, I am not sure I would recommend this product to everyone but I will hold on to mine and whip it out once every blue moon.

Availability:
Bite products are available exclusively at Sephora.

So what do y'all think? Is this one worth the investment? Let me know in the comments below!

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